When is the rain going to stop?

 

It’s been raining on and off everyday for too long. The ground is so soaked already. My roses are drowning.

This is the view in front of my townhouse everyday.

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This is what you can see through the window in back.

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Remember the nursery rhyme:

Rain. Rain. Go Away.

Come again another day.

Little children want to play.

 

I would like St. Swithun to send the rain to California. They need it there. We have enough rain here already.

Have you heard about St. Swithun? Who is he? What’s he got to do with rain?

St. Swithun is regarded as one of the saints to whom one should pray in the event of drought.

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St. Swithun – Photo Credit: Christianity.com

I remember years ago while I was in New York and it rained on July 15 and it kept on raining everyday till late August. We were having an Ice Cream Social at the end of August and I mentioned it to one of our guests who lived across the street. She must be well-read because she recited the poem right away. Not many people know about St. Swithun. She knew the legend about St. Swithun and the 40 days of rain. It says if it rains on St. Swithun’s day which is July 15, it will rain for 40 days.

We might be heading that way. I cannot remember the weather on July 15. Maybe it was raining. It has been raining everyday for quite sometime now. Where I live in Johns Island, it is like England’s weather. The sun will come up and then dark clouds move in all day long. The rain is so localized. It could be raining in front of my house but not in the back. It could be pouring on the lake but dry on the street. Weird.

Here is the English weather lore proverb about St. Swithun:

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St Swithun’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mare

 

A Buckinghamshire variation has

If on St Swithun’s day it really pours

You’re better off to stay indoors.

 

St. Swithun was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester from his consecration in Oct. 853 until his death on July 2, 862 and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. On his deathbed St. Swithun begged that he should be buried outside the north wall of his cathedral where passers-by should pass over his grave and raindrops from the eaves drop upon it. However, it was decided later to move his body to a new indoor shrine, and one theory traces the origin of the legend to a heavy shower by which, on the day of the move, the saint marked his displeasure towards those who were removing his remains.

According to Durham chroniclers, the legend was derived from the tremendous downpour of rain that occurred on St. Swithun’s Day, July 15, 1315.

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This is a rose hybridized by David Austin named in honor of St. Swithun.

Photo credit – David Austin Roses

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda

 

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Update on the missing Heidi Todd

 

 

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Whitney Lake Community Prayer Vigil for Missing Heidi Todd. I’m in front with the light jacket next to the little girl.

 

 

The Whitney Lake Community came together for a Prayer Vigil tonight at 7 PM in front of our Community Dock. At the end of the prayer service, it was announced that Mayor Tecklenburg of Charleston would have a news conference at 8 PM.

 

Here is the link to Mayor Tecklenburg’s news conference:

 

http://www.live5news.com/clip/14127785/video-mayor-john-tecklenburg-announces-missing-toddler-found-safe-in-alabama

 

Mayor Tecklenburg announced that Heidi Todd was found and was in the safe hands of the FBI in Riverside, Alabama but the abductor, Thomas Lawton Evans, was still at large.

 

Later tonight the news announced that the abductor was arrested in Mississippi.

For more info, here are a couple of links:

http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/heidi-todd-found-alive-outside-birmingham-alabama

http://www.live5news.com/story/37499610/found-safe-authorities-recover-johns-island-toddler-in-alabama

 

Thank you for all the wonderful job of the Charleston Police Dept, Charleston Fire Dept, The FBI, the first responders, EMT and the office of Charleston Mayor and their counterpart in Alabama and Mississippi. To the WL community, thank you for your prayers and outstanding community spirit in this difficult time. We show the world that we are a unique community and always looking after each other. To Heidi and the Todd family, we’re happy Heidi will soon be back home. Continue to pray for Mrs. Todd.

 

Thank you.

 

Rosalinda Morgan

Board Member, Whitney Lake HOA

 

 

Snow in Charleston, SC. Really?

 Yes, it does snow in Charleston. Not Charleston, West Viriginia but Charleston, South Carolina. Not often but it does. Today is one of those days. The last big one was in 1989, the same year they had Hurricane Hugo. It happened on Dec.22 and they got 8 inches of snow. Charleston had a white Christmas at that time. I was not here then. I was still in NY where it always snows in winter.

Right before Christmas, I was talking to somebody and I said I miss New York during Christmas season. I then added “I wish we have snow”. Be careful what you wish for!

They forecasted 4” or more. Early on, I heard the forecast was 6-8 inches. I could not believe it. I remembered we had a little dusting of snow one year and it melted within the hour. Today is different. This snow is a big event. We had freezing rain when I woke up this morning. Luckily, I still have my two ice scrapers but no snow shovel. When we left NY, my husband told me to throw my ice scrapers. He said we won’t need it in Charleston. I’m glad I kept them. I gave the long handled one with the brush and ice scraper to my son when he went to work this morning but he came back an hour later because his workplace was closed.

Just before noon, the snow started coming down and it came down hard and sideways. It looked like a blizzard. The roads are icy. Most of them are closed. There were two bridges going to Johns Island and the first one closed before 9 am and the second one just before 10 am. Now, no one can’t get in or out of Johns Island unless they walk on the bridge. I doubt if the police will allow that. So we are stuck for a few days. I have enough food in the house. I ordered some Omaha Steaks and lobster tails before Christmas but did not arrive till two days after Christmas. So I have that provision. My son made a big pot of soup the other day and we still have plenty of that. If the lights go out, we can always grill outside. I have a charcoal grill, not electric so we are fine.

Here are some photos in front of my townhouse and in back:

 Early on. 

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An hour later, my son with his dog in front of the house.

Skipper has not seen snow before. He moved from CA with my son three years ago. He’s most likely wondering what it is. IMG_2786

 

Going for a walk. IMG_2787

 

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From my balcony two hours later looking towards Whitney Lake.IMG_2793

 

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My terrace with the Christmas lights and my parol (Philippine star).IMG_2797

 

 

Icicles from the terrace’s pergola.IMG_2798

 

Sitting by my computer, I saw this view in back, four hours later.IMG_2801

 

 

In the back alley, Matt’s car on the foreground, my car across the street, the gray Volvo wagon. The garbage collector did not come today so all the garbage cans are all lined up for collection. I wonder when they are coming now that they have to deal with the snow.

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It’s 5:30 pm and it is still snowing.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda

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Charleston Kidney Walk for National Kidney Foundation

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Help us battle kidney disease. Many Americans know nothing about kidney disease until it is too late.

My husband was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) just over a year ago, Feb. 1, 2016 to be exact. He was not feeling good since July the year before but his doctor could not find anything wrong with him so I insisted on taking him to emergency because he said he was dying. Within the hour after he was wheeled to emergency room, the attending physician said he was going to ICU because he had kidney failure. His kidney completely stopped. If I did not take him to emergency, he could be dead in two weeks. Shock, disbelief and anger were my reactions. Five days in ICU, five days in private room and then my ordeal began at home.

He is now on peritoneal dialysis everyday at home and will be everyday for the rest of his life and on a very strict diet which I watch like a hawk. Our life has changed drastically since that day. Because of his advanced age, (he just turned 90 on Jan. 5), we don’t go out anymore. Our social life is going to see his doctors. I am his caregiver and it is a full-time job because he also has arthritis on his feet and is in constant pain. He feels weak and gets tired easily. He cannot do much and needs help constantly. It’s very discouraging but I try to stay positive.

On Sunday, March 12, there is a Charleston Kidney Walk at James Island County Park, SC sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation. I cannot join the walk because I can’t leave him alone and he can barely walk. I just thought of an idea to help out. I have written a book, “The Wentworth Legacy” last year which my husband edited and is dedicated to him. It received great review from Kirkus Review. I would like to donate all my royalty on the book sale starting today, right now till March 12 at 11.59 pm to the National Kidney Foundation. You can buy my book at Amazon.com. Here is the link to “The Wentworth Legacy” on Amazon – www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan. Please help me on this fundraising event and help National Kidney Foundation on its mission.

I appreciate your support.

The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) as stated in National Kidney Foundation website.

  • 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  • Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
  • Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
  • High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Seniors are at increased risk.
  • Two simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.

Thank you very much.

Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda Morgan

www.rosalindarmorgan.com

My 9th report for my 12-week challenge

Here is my ninth report for my twelve weeks challenge:

 

  1. My book to read goal is still on target. I finish one book this week. I have to finish reading 3 more books in 3 weeks to make my reading goal for my 12-week challenge.
  2. I did not make my marketing goals this week. With Hurricane Matthew on the way to Charleston, I was busy preparing the house for the hurricane. That was the most important thing this week. With all the flooding in the Charleston area, we were very lucky we did not get flood in our area. We lost power for 29 ½ hours so it was not so bad. Water was on all this time.

 

I reached up to some friends from the groups that I belong to and asked to share my posts. I received two great feedbacks from people who bought my books. They love the book! The Giveaways post on Goodreads have 316 total so far. “To Read List” has 121 entries.

 

  • 2 posts on Social Media.
  • 40 Press Releases
  • 1 Giveaways post on Goodreads

 

  1. I’m still trying to catch up on my word count challenge. I’m only at 39,041 words. I only have three weeks to catch up. I better get going fast.

 

If you missed the Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon.com, you have another chance. My next book promotion is going to be at www.amazon.co.uk beginning on Oct. 14, 2016 at 8:00 am GMT to Oct. 17 at 8:00 am GMT. The price will go down to £0.99 for 3 days only.  Check it out.

 

 

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

 

Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady

 

Author of “The Wentworth Legacy”

 

www.rosalindarmorgan.com

 

Are you prepared for Hurricane Matthew?

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We have a day left before Hurricane Matthew hit town. There is a bit of anxiety there because I have never been in a hurricane condition before. Blizzard? Plenty of time. I lived in New York for 40 years before we moved to Charleston in 2011.

When I first heard about the Hurricane Matthew, I was amused because both my husband and my son are named Matthew. My father is Mateo which is the Spanish word for Matthew. Being a namesake of those dearest to me, I hope and pray Hurricane Matthew will move east of us and spare us.

We have been doing preparation since Tuesday. We finally finished boarding the windows yesterday except those on the third floor. It’s much too high and we figured projectiles will not reach them. Keeping my fingers crossed.

We took my Amalfi porch bench inside the house. Plants were taken in the back patio which is a protected area except for a Jasmine plant which has grown so tall and keep on tumbling so I took it inside. A lizard must be hiding in one of the leaves because I saw it crawling into the powder room last night so I picked it up with a napkin and threw it outside the front door.

We would have evacuated except for the fact that my husband is on home dialysis and that means loading boxes of dialysis supplies in the car and we don’t even know how long we’ll be away so we opted to stay put.

We have food and water. Canned goods and charcoal in case we have to use the grill. Both our cars have full tank of gas.

I’m sure we’ll have power outages. We have flashlights and cellphones are constantly charging. Worst scenario, we’ll plug them in the car. And talking of outages, we can do manual dialysis instead of using the machine. It’s really my biggest worry – my husband’s dialysis. I was also advised to put him on emergency renal diet meaning less food and fuel intake because without his full dialysis treatment, his body cannot function properly. Still the diet has protein in the form of peanut butter but less portion of meat.

So we brace ourselves. BAHALA NA!!!

Bahala Na means leave it to God in Filipino. Ironically, it is the title of one of my books.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady

Author and Garden Writer

www.rosalindarmorgan.com